TEDx Video: Our Dangerous Addiction To Intelligence

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This is the TEDx talk I did in Abuja last year Our Dangerous Addiction To Intelligence. I wrote about it here and now you get to see the actual video (yipee) and did I mention…its free (lol).

On the real I hope you enjoy the talk and find it as helpful as I did while researching and working on it.

PS: I really apologize for the poor quality of the video. For the past 4 months, I have been fighting back and forth with the TEDxZumarock organizers to get a video of the event, which is why it is so late. In the end I got this bootleg video…at least it is better than nothing. If they (TEDxZumarock organizers) ever get back to us with a better quality video then I will re-upload. For now we will do as we do in Nigeria and “just manage.”

Ofili is an award winning TEDx fellow motivational speaker, author, success coach and video editor entrepreneur who blogs about life, success and entrepreneurial excellence. Follow him on twitter , facebook or subscribe to his blog for more success TIPS!” To bring Ofili to your school or organization as a speaker simply go here.

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11 comments on “TEDx Video: Our Dangerous Addiction To Intelligence

  1. Really nice.was inspired…ur suggestions really make sense.lol@writing name of noisemakers.I ve to start thinkin abt what diff I wanna make.thanks for sharin

  2. Irene N. on said:

    Inspiring message. It would be nice for young Nigerians to learn the importance of social responsibility. But to answer your question on why the beatings and our parents’ fixation on intelligence, it comes from a familiar place: Fear. The fear of uncertainty. Empathize: The average Nigerian parent sees education as an investment. When you invest in something how else do you know that you’re reaping tangible returns? You ‘know’ (or at least you think you know) when you see shiny As and 90-100%, but the son/daughter who returns with F9s is seen as wasting your money. You want optimal value for your investment and quality education doesn’t come cheap.
    It is a fear of failure, a fear of a ruined legacy, or a bleak financial future. So you (still putting YOU in their shoes) try to control your children’s destinies, gear them towards ‘your’ idea of perfection – all to establish as much ‘certainty’ as you can and to ensure that your returns from your investment are bountiful.

    Perhaps things to explore are how money-conscious are we (Nigerians)? And to what extent does the reality of being a ‘third-world’ country affect that consciousness? On the issue of providing need-based scholarships, I don’t think we’re there yet. We’re not on par economically with countries like America to hand out scholarships of that nature. Also stop to consider that a good number of scholarships available for international students who want to study in the UK or US are given based on financial need AND exceptional academic standing. So which Nigerian parent, aspiring for their child to study Law at Harvard or some other renowned school will encourage average or below-average results? Empathize.
    Furthermore, the capitalist system is inherently selfish. It’s a dog-eat-dog world and the ‘elders’ believe that only the strongest will survive. My advise is for parents to pay more attention to their children, encourage whatever skills or talents they may have (whether it’s oration, cooking, singing) and help them excel in that direction as opposed to forcing a profession down their throat.

  3. wow! You just wrote an article in your comment! Well written Irene…you should seriously look at blogging for Bella and ynaija them =D

    But again I loved your point…especially this: “To answer your question on why the beatings and our parents’ fixation on intelligence, it comes from a familiar place: Fear. The fear of uncertainty.”

    ain’t that the truth…ain’t it!
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  4. Good Job Ofili! On the riddle: The “why” of the matter is usually the most important question because it leads to the next most important question “how” which is necessary for change/innovation. Until nigerians start asking or answering these questions, I fear no real progress will be made.
    On education in nigeria, i’m more bothered by the fact that students are grouped strictly into arts and sciences such that most science students can’t right a paper and most arts students can’t bear the thought of solving an algebraic equation while in the states, students get a taste of all courses at least in the first 2 years to provide for a balanced education.

  5. This is insightful and inspiring. I remembered in my first year in the university, we were made to take philosophy and logic as a mandatory course. In this course, some early thinkers raised lots of questions that were begging for answers. Although there were different answers given but none was accepted as the best.As a result the book tag it the DIATI OF LIFE(meaning the questions raised are more important than the answer proffered). With this mindset, the early thinkers were able to achieve and position their country.

    Now lets come to Nigeria, we did not only have several answers to our woes(unemployment, corruption, bad roads, poor education system etc), there have been practical methods/policies(NEEDS,VISION 2010,VISION 2020,MDGs,TRANSFORMATION AGENDA, etc) in place over the years to check all this problem. These are intelligent policies formulated by intelligent Nigerians but the reason it has never worked for us despite the several solutions we are armed with can be traced to lack of commitment(lack of social responsibility in your words). Am very much in agreement with your suggestions.
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